Danielle Ochs

Shareholder || San Francisco

Ms. Ochs works in the San Francisco office of Ogletree Deakins, where she is a Shareholder. She serves on the firm’s Pricing Committee and has chaired the firm’s African American Business Resource Group, served on the Executive Committee of the firm’s Women’s Initiative, and served as a member of the firm’s Diversity Steering Committee.  She has nearly 25 years of experience as a civil litigator, with an emphasis on the representation of both private and public employers in employment, trade secrets, and unfair competition matters in federal and state trial and appellate courts and administrative agencies. Ms. Ochs’ experience includes successfully defending employers in both jury and bench trials and in arbitration proceedings.  She currently dedicates a significant portion of her practice to trial court litigation, arbitration, and strategic conflict management. She works closely with her clients to develop effective strategies for litigating and resolving legal actions, approaching each case zealously and strategically with a steadfast commitment to client service.  Ms. Ochs also has active advice and counsel, training, and investigations practices, working closely with employers on a variety of employment, trade secret, and unfair competition compliance issues with the goal of avoiding litigation.  She has represented employers in a broad array of local, national, and international industries, including accounting, banking, defense, energy, higher education, hotel, manufacturing, retail, semiconductor, sports, transportation, technology, and utility. She has represented several “tech” employers, as well as employers in a broad array of other local, national, and international industries. Ms. Ochs regularly speaks across the country on a range of employment, trade secret and unfair competition issues.

Ms. Ochs received her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she was a Regents Scholar. She received her law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. From 2005 through 2014, Ms. Ochs taught at Hastings as an Adjunct Professor of Law in the areas of Pretrial Practice and Employment Discrimination. She is actively involved in the legal community and is currently an Executive Committee member of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the Bar Association of San Francisco, a past Chairperson of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the National Bar Association (“NBA”), a past President of Black Women Lawyers of Northern California, and is a past Director of NBA Region IX. In 2018, Ms. Ochs was named a “Most Influential Black Lawyer” by Savoy Magazine (2018).

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Professional Activities

  • Bar Association of San Francisco, Labor and Employment Section (Executive Committee – Current Member)
  • Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area (2018 Board Member)
  • Minority Bar Coalition (Board Member, 2015-2017)
  • Adjunct Associate Professor – UC Hastings College of the Law (2005-2014)
  • Black Women Lawyers of Northern California, (Past President, 2009-2010)
  • National Bar Association (Board Member at Large, 2009-2010; Chair, 2007-2010, Labor and Employment Section; Director of Region IX, 2006-2008)
  • Wiley Manuel Law Foundation (Board Member)
  • Alameda County Bar Association (Labor and Employment Section)
  • American Bar Association (Labor and Employment Section)
  • California Association of Black Lawyers
  • Charles Houston Bar Association
  • National Employment Law Council
  • State Bar of California (Labor and Employment Section)


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